Stan Bremer

candleStan Bremer, age 88 of Hartley, IA, passed away at the Baum-Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar, IA on Thursday, December 19, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. The Hartley Funeral Home in Hartley is in charge of the arrangements for 88 year-old Stanley Bremer of Hartley, IA.

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Delores Portz

Delores Portz, age 74, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at the Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Her services will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, December 21, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa with the Fr. Allan Riecks ~ officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Visitation will be Friday, December 20, 2013 after 2:00 P.M. with the Family present from 4:00 – 7:30 P.M. at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa.  A Christian Wake Service will be at 7:00 P.M. and a CDofA Rosary will be prayed at 7:30pm.

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Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.

Delores Angela Portz, the daughter of Andrew and Angela (Buckley) Ahlers was born on August 27, 1939 on the family farm near Remsen, Iowa. Delores attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Remsen graduating in 1957. After high school she worked at Klies Implement in LeMars, Iowa. On August 8, 1959 she was united in marriage to Raphael N. Portz at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, Iowa. They made their home in Sheldon, Iowa, where Delores worked for Dr.’s. Poppen and Hemerson Veterinary Clinic in Sheldon, she owned and operated Del-Ray Flowers in Sheldon for 10 years and most of all she was a beloved mother and homemaker. Delores passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at the Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake, Iowa reaching the age of 74 years, 3 months and 21 days.

Delores was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America and the Ladies Guild. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Bridge, cooking, baking pies, FOX News and was an avid political follower.

Delores leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 54 years, Ray; their 5 children, Tom and Laura Portz of Minneapolis, MN; Mary and Dr. Andrew Brevik of Spirit Lake, IA; Lois and Ron Cooke of Minneapolis, MN; Darla and Jerry Blomgren of Iowa City, IA; Jason Portz of Durango, CO; 6 grandchildren, Nick and Sarah, Drew, Katy, Parker and Dallas; 2 sisters and their spouses, Jean and Gerald Portz of Sheldon, Janiece and Charles Bohlke of LeMars, IA; 2 brothers-in-law, Orville Portz of Remsen, IA and Michael Lovely of Sioux Falls, SD; a sister-in-law, Millie Portz of Sheldon, IA and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Delores is preceded in death by her parents and four sisters, Joan Portz, Patricia Lovely, Lois Ahlers and Carol Ann Ahlers and a brother-in-law, Donald Portz.


Benard R. Butler, Sr.

Benard R. Butler, Sr., age 86, of Sibley, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Prairie View Home in Sanborn, Iowa. He will be cremated.

Memorial Services will be Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sibley, Iowa. Rev. Terry Simm officiating.  Burial to follow at the Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley.

There will not be a time of visitation.

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The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley in charge of arrangements for Benard R. Butler Sr.

Benard Roy Butler, Sr. was born on April 29, 1927 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was one of four sons born to Ralph and Phyllis (Weller) Butler. Benard’s mother passed away when he was 15 years old. His father was the third hired employee of Sioux Falls Gas Company. As a teen, Benard helped his father dig the first natural gas lines that came into Sioux Falls. He and his brothers, Al, Harry and Ralph Jr., helped their father build a basement home on North Lewis Avenue. Benard attended Washington High School which has now been renovated into the Washington Pavilion. His fondest memory was at age 15, buying a 1936 Chrysler that his uncle had owned and refurbishing the car back to drive-ability, all with wages earned part-time at John Morrell in the lard department. He drove the car for one year and then decided to join the Navy in June of 1944. He went through basic training in Farrugut, Idaho, then to the USS Pitt APA 223 and directly to the Sea of Japan.

He married Erma Humphrey of Luverne, Minnesota in 1946. She stayed in Oceanside, California on base while Benard was at sea.
In 1947, their first daughter, Phyllis was born. Benard re-enlisted and went to a re-training program at Mare Island. In 1948, a son was born, Benard Butler Jr. After his re-training he was re-assigned to USS Mt. McKinley and went to sea. In 1949, a daughter Sandra Butler was born and in 1950, a son Kim Butler was born.

Benard served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After Vietnam, he went into officer’s school and made rank of CS1. He retired from the Navy as a 30 year Naval Veteran and became a Fleet Reserve Member. He committed his life to this county, at sea, and paid the cost of being away from his family.

He has crossed over the equator several times and sailed all over the world. His favorite place, that represented the most beauty in life, was Morocco.

In retirement, Ben owned his own semi-truck and trailer. He hauled water for Ramona, California and lumber from Washington State. He also ran a heavy equipment rental business.

In 1983, he moved to Kanab, Utah, bought a lot, cleared it with heavy equipment and moved a manufactured home onto the site. He studied horticulture and took pride in his flower beds and landscaping and loved to tinker in his shop. Ben has always flown the American Flag properly and with great pride. He always found time for hunting and fishing with his brothers and grandchildren. Ben was a lifetime member of Bass Masters.

He has lived in 7 or 8 different states and always found his way back to the Sioux Falls area. In 2011, Ben moved back to his roots and was a resident of Prairie View Manor in Sanborn, Iowa. Erma passed away in January of 2012. On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, Ben passed away at Prairie View.

Those left to cherish his memories are his children, Phyllis and husband Joe Mills of Spring Valley, CA, Benard Roy Jr. and wife Sandy Butler of Sibley, IA, Sandra Antell of Rohnert Park, CA, Tom Butler of Sheldon, IA, Kim Butler of Spring Valley, CA; ten grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one brother, Ralph Butler of Bossier City, LA and one sister-in-law, Doreen Butler of Sioux Falls, SD.

Eleanor L, Schnurr

Eleanor L, Schnurr, 93 of Hospers, IA passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon, IA.

Funeral Service will be Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hospers, IA with Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr celebrating, and Bishop R. Walker Nickless, Rev. Thomas Schultes, Rev. Brian Hughes and Rev. Terry Roder concelebrating. Burial will be in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Hospers, IA.

Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hospers. Services have been entrusted to the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument of Remsen.

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Eleanor was born Feb. 2, 1920, at rural Hospers, IA the daughter of Felix & Johanna (Block) Jungers. She was raised and educated in the Hospers area. She attended St. Anthony Grade School in Hospers. Upon completion of the 8th grade she left school to help on the family farm.

She married Edward Schnurr on Nov. 18, 1942. The couple lived near Hospers where they farmed until 1945. They then moved into Hospers where she resided until she moved with her daughter in Hastings, NE. In June of 2012 she moved into the Sanford Senior Care Center in Sheldon in Nov. of 2013. Ed passed away Jan. 15, 1998.

Eleanor was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and church guild.

Survivors include; her six children, Delores (Marvin) Schultes of Hastings, NE, Carolyn (Larry) Arens of Remsen, IA, Rich (Judy) Schnurr of Hospers, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati, OH, Mike Schnurr, Irene (Scott) Foreman both of Alton, IA; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; five sisters-in-law, Blanche Eich of Sheldon, IA, Mildred Thom, Irene (Jerrry) Martins both of Phoenix, AZ, Mary (Jim) Ahlers of Fulda, MN, Bertill Nepper of Le Seur, MN; three brothers-in-law, Bernard Schnurr of Excelsior, MN, Donald Schnurr, Jerrry (Nancy) Schnurr both of Des Moines, IA; several nieces and nephews.

Preceded by: her parents, brother, Jerome (Margaret) Jungers.

Casket Bearers will be grandsons, Bryan and Ken Arens, Dan and Kevin Barnes, Keith Schnurr and Michael Schultes.
Honorary Bearers will be granddaughters, Khristy Trejo, Beth Peters, Kelly Galles, Ann Heckman, Michelle Matuska, Tricia VanDenTop, Jennifer Schipper and Sarah Barnes.


Priscilla Elgersma

Priscilla ElgersmaPriscilla Elgersma, age 89 of Primghar, IA passed away at Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar on Sunday, November 10, 2013.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 20th at 4:00 p.m. at the American Reformed Church in Primghar.  Rev. Dennis Hietbrink will be officiating.

Visitation will be at the American Reformed Church in Primghar one hour prior to the service on Friday, December 20th from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., with the family present at that time.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 21st at the American Legion Cemetery in Mitchell, SD.

The Sanborn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 89 year-old Priscilla Elgersma of Primghar.

Priscilla Eileen Milner Irwin Elgersma, daughter of Richard and Florence (Hathaway) Milner, was born October 30, 1924 in Westfield, IA. She spent her childhood years on the farm at Westfield and received her education from Liberty Consolidated School at Merrill, IA, graduating with the class of 1942. Priscilla continued her education for the next three years at the National Business Institute in Sioux City, IA, and then attended Dakota Wesleyan University at Mitchell, SD in 1946.

On November 10, 1944, Priscilla was united in marriage to George Irwin at the Adaville United Brethern Church in Merrill. To this union four children were born: Richard, Ronald, Randall and Debra. The family made their home at Mitchell where George passed away on October 5, 1970. In 1972, Priscilla moved to Primghar, IA, working at the O’Brien County REC. On November 5, 1977, Priscilla married Sam Elgersma at Primghar where they made their home until Sam’s death on January 10, 1995. Priscilla continued to live in Primghar, passing away there on November 10, 2013.

Priscilla’s business career began working for the Hines Bookkeeping & Tax Service (1942-1944), Thallas Florists (1944-1945) and Marvin Sprunk & Broeker Hendrickson CPA Firm (1966-1972). She then worked for the O’Brien County REC (1972-1989), Mary Oosterhuis (1989-1992), and became the Secretary for the American Reformed Church in Primghar (1992-2000). She was a devoted mother and grandmother, and yet found time to volunteer in the Kinship Program, the local Hospice group and was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a Past-President of the Primghar Federated Women’s Club, taught Sunday School and Bible School, and served on several church committees. When she did find spare time, Priscilla enjoyed traveling, gardening, and a good game of cards. Quieter times were spent working counted cross-stitch or sharing thoughts at Bible Study.

She is survived by her step-mother, Ann Milner; her children and their families: Richard (Diann) Irwin of Watertown, SD, Ronald (Janene) Irwin of Pillager, MN, Randall (Myrna) Irwin of Minot, SD, and Debra Irwin (Wayne Rosamond) of Chapel Hill, NC; step-children: Les Elgersma of LeMars, IA, and Patricia (Ed) Hedinger of Paullina, IA; grandchildren: Molly Irwin, Andrew Irwin, Ryan Rosamond, Sonni Cosby, Nona Jents, Suzanne Olson, and Darren Anderson; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; step-brother, Robert (Ronda) Milner of Sioux City, IA; sister, Janet Higgins of San Antonio, TX,; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husbands, George Irwin and Sam Elgersma; sisters: Audrey Swalley, Wilma Milner and Patricia Milner; brothers-in-law: Chuck Swalley and Jerry Higgins.

Rev. Willis E. Nicholson

candleRev. Willis E. Nicholson, age 91 of Webster City, IA, formerly of George, died Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Crestview Nursing & Rehab in Webster City.

A memorial service will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, December 21st at First Presbyterian Church in Kamrar, IA, with Rev. John Wilson and Donna Stevens, CLP officiating.

Also, there will be a memorial service held at 10:30 AM, Monday, January 20th at Lyon County First Presbyterian Church near George, IA, with Rev. Paul Fischer officiating. Inurnment will follow at the church cemetery.

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He was born to Walter & Bertha (Johnson) Nicholson in Brooten, MN on May 20, 1922. He graduated from Brooten High School and then attended Northwestern College in MN and college in Jamestown, ND, and earned his degree in Theology from University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA.

On July 26, 1950 he and Ida (Mickelson) were married. Willis pastored in George, IA for 27 years and Lonerock for 10 years. He served as an interim pastor in Burt, Kamrar, Garner & Lakota.

Willis was a member of the Lions and enjoyed fishing and riding horse.

His family includes four children: Dan (Carolyn) Nicholson of North Richland Hills, TX, Deb (John) Carparoula of New Castle, PA, Doug (Ruth) Nicholson of Webster City, & Dwight (Michelle) Nicholson Eagen, MN; nine grandchildren Jim (Jamie) Nicholson, Kama Sroufe, Blake Stroschein, Bill (Stefanie) Carparoula, Luisa Carparoula, Zackeriah Nicholson, Andrew Evans, Caroline Evans & Matthew Evans; four great grandchildren; two brothers Harvey of New Prague, MN & Lewis of Gresham, OR. .

Preceding him in death are his parents, wife, two brothers (George & Russell) & two sisters (Marc & Julia).